“Again he entered the synagogue, and a man was there with a withered hand. And they watched Jesus, to see whether he would heal him on the Sabbath, so that they might accuse him. And he said to the man with the withered hand, “Come here.” And he said to them, “Is it lawful on the Sabbath to do good or to do harm, to save life or to kill?” But they were silent. And he looked around at them with anger, grieved at their hardness of heart, and said to the man, “Stretch out your hand.” He stretched it out, and his hand was restored. The Pharisees went out and immediately held counsel with the Herodians against him, how to destroy him.” – Mark 3:1-6
Then Sabbath is meant for rest and renewal; healing and restoration; replenishment and resourcing. The Parisees were masters at turning into the opposite. Religion is amazing at doing the same. Jesus comes and the work He intentionally does always seems to fall unde the heading of rest and renewal; healing and restoration; replenishment and resourcing. Amazing. When I think of stopping, whether for a weekly 24 hour period, a daily 8 hour period do IO see it as an opportunity to rest and renew; heal and restore; replenish and resource? Or do I see it as an interruption to my productivity or something to be enforced to my detriment… a sacrifice I need to make in order to be holy.
“Jesus WITHDREW with his disciples to the sea, and a great crowd followed, from Galilee and Judea…And he WENT UP ON THE MOUNTAIN and called to him those whom he desired, and they came to him.” – Mark 3:7, 13
Out of withdrawal and leaving the crowd, JesusCONSOLIDATES and bestows authority, and multiplies. the rhythm seems to be (1) Engage intentionally with religious (pick a fight), (2) Do for the poor, sick, and oppressed what the religious are unwilling ore unable to do. Provide, heal, and set free. (3) Withdraw from the crowds and the never ending needs to regain perspective, renew strength, repent of sin, recount the awesome actors of God through, in and around you as needs were met, the sick are healed and the demon possessed and oppressed are set free. (4) Discover and empower others to do what you are already doing. (5) Send those God has given you to disciple out to bring the kingdom of God, the kingdom of righteousness, peace, and joy to specific places in the world.“But let all who take refuge in you rejoice; let them ever sing for joy, and spread your protection over them, that those who love your name may exult in you. For you bless the righteous, O Lord; you cover him with favor as with a shield.” – Psalms 5:11-12
Today, LORD, I more than anything else want to stay beneath your protection. I love your name and I simply love you. I want to live under your rule and authority. Today I surrender myself to you as Rd your leadership Jesus. I am looking too you for my help and my strength. If I look elsewhere I am asking you to move heaven and hell, to bring my back to you. Jesus you are the amazing one. You are the perfect one. You have called me to follow you and I have answered that call. ou know that my answer wavers and wanes. But You only know Lord that my ability to follow you comes from you. Even the faith to say yes and to begin to follow you came from you in the first place. Today Jesus I rest in the promise made in your true word saying that you are the one who starts things and when you start something you complete it. (P0106) Today I remember your word sayin that I have the same mind as you, Jesus. you being found in human form humbled yourself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross. Today I take on that same mindset. I will not demand that I be treated fairly. I will however, expect to love the people in my life in the same way as you did me. Humbly, sacrificially, completely, Andy victoriously. Today I declare to the heavens and to anyone listening in hell, that YOU Jesus are at work in me both to will and to work according to what brings you pleasure. Jesus WORK in me mightily today. I am not bought by you for the purpose of evil and timidity. I have been bought by You Jesus at great cost to be a source of light and love and freedom and healing. I am a poverty buster. I bring prosperity into the parts of the world that you are leading me. Together we are going to change the world today… together we are going to save the world today! Me by myself? I can do absolutely nothing. With you? I can do all things! Over and out.
“And I am sure of this, that he who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ.” 0106
“And being found in human form, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross.” 0208
“For it is God who works in you, both to will and to work for his good pleasure.” 0213